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vice president of the nra, wayne lapierre. i want to get right to it. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> you proposed armed guards in school. we'll talk about that in some detail in a moment. you confronted the news media, you blamed hollywood and the gaming industry but never once did you concede that guns could actually be part of the problem. is that meaningful contribution, mr. lapierre, or a dodge? >> david, i said what i honestly thought and what hundreds of millions of people all over this country will believe will actually make a difference. i can't imagine a more horrible tragedy. we all have 5-year-olds in our family in some way. we all put ourselves in that situation and have tears in our eyes. the nra, we have 11,000 police training instructors, 80,000 police families, we're 4 million members and we set down and we said what can we do will actually make a difference today to make these kids safe? >> but not conceding guns play any role about the meaningful contribution? >> look, i know there's a media machine in this country t
>>> on this sunday night you an nbc news exclusive. the head of the nra hits back at his critics. i >> if it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our schools, then call me crazy. >> his only interview since tt tragedy in newtown and that defying announcement tuesday. >>> pulling back the curtain, what mir a he is son just revealed about his father's run for the white house that has a lot of people talking tonight. >>> i spy with my little eye. the government issues a warning to parents about who's tracking your kids, their personal information and what they're doing on all those mobile devices. >>> and how does he do it? >> he types is the house number and then the name appears up on the ipad. >> for the inside scoop on all things santa, we went straight to the experts. >> he showed me where the elves were. >>> good evening. after the his defiant and controversial response on friday to renewed calls for stronger gun laws in the wake of the connecticut school shooting, the head of the nra finally took questions today. wayne lapierre sat down with nbc's david grego
to the deadly shootings in newtown, connecticut and the nra's proposal to put armed police officers in every school in america. darcy spencer is joining us live near 14th street where a march is getting under way tonight. darcy? >> jim, i was able to speak to one of the organizers of this event this afternoon. he tells me when he was just two years old he witnessed his own mother being shot and killed. he says, in fact, the gunman turned the gun on him but fortunately it locked up and his life was spared. ever since then, he is an advocate for gun control. that's what this rally is about here this afternoon. the video we're going to show you was taken a few minutes ago as they were getting ready for this rally here in columbia heights. this is all about gun control. they're calling on congress, calling on the president to enact an assault weapons ban. they're calling for them again to take immediate action on this issue in light of the shootings in newtown, connecticut. we're going to hear from the gentleman i spoke about who lost his mother to gun violence and also we're going to hear from
the tragedy in newtown. the nra speaks out. as momentum now grows across the country to do something about guns. >>> held hostage. our own richard engel and his crew set free after being kidnapped for five days inside syria. tonight we'll hear from richard about what happened and how they made it out. >>> is there a deal in sight on that so-called fiscal cliff? that may hinge on how both side define "rich." >>> and making a difference. it started as a simple idea, just being kind. tonight ann curry reports on the overwhelming response now being felt around the world. overwhelming response now being felt around the world. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television 6 captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. four days now since the tragedy that altered our entire country. the gun lobby has spoken its first words on the subject. the national rifle association, the nra, which is routinely referred to as the most powerful grassroots lobbying organization in this country, has been silent. they said today out of respect for the victims. ever sin
and a motive. >>> protesters made their voices heard at the nra office up on capitol hill today. some people feel the association is preventing congress from passing new gun control measures. not everyone agrees. chris gordon has both sides of this debate. >> reporter: good evening. there's no big signs, with the entrance of the capitol hill office of the nra. this is where they do their lobbying. today demonstrators brought the controversial and highly emotionally charged issue of gun control right here. >> we're here today baas the nra has blood on its hands. [ chanting ] >> the group creedo action orgazed this march. >> and deman they stand down and get out of the way to congress can pass sensible gun control legislation that will save lives. >> reporter: before the demonstrators arrived at the offices, i rang the bell here. no one answered. a neighbor said there was no one in the office today. >> the marchers chanted. >> in memory of charlotte bacon, age 6. >> reporter: they read the names of the 26 victims killed on friday in connecticut. they say the nra works to defeat any politician
today went to the in. ra office in washington demanding more gun control, and a staunch nra backer joined the call. west virginia democratic senator joe manchin, an avid hunter, backed bloomberg. >> i don't know of anybody that goes hunting with an assault rifle. >> reporter: gun enthusiast angela brandon is thinking about new options after the shock of newtown. >> honestly i wanted to cry because of the children, but at the same time sometimes i'm not sure that gun control -- more gun control than we actually have is really the reason. >> reporter: ironically the rampage in connecticut has sparked record sales of weapons that buyers fear could soon be banned. senator manchin, democrat of west virginia, who just won reelection by being seen in part in hunter's garb, carrying guns, says his many, many friends in the nra need to get involved in this now whitehot debate. i'm steve handlesman, news4. >>> there are more police officers around schools in our area today in response to the shooting last week. police in fairfax county are stepping up their patrols. they say it is not in res
to act, and the nra remains silent. surrounded by victims' families, new york mayor michael bloomberg today said enough talk, it's time to act. >> congress has to come up with something that stops this carnage, no matter what the political ramifications are. >> reporter: long an advocate for stricter gun regulation, bloomberg is pushing congress to close gun show loopholes and demand background checks of anyone who buys a gun. he wants a new assault weapons ban to replace the one that expired in 2004 and a ban on high-capacity ammo clips. and he's promising to use his own vast personal wealth to take on the gun lobby if necessary. the numbers are striking. 8,500 people die each year in gun violence. just since columbine, nearly 14 years ago, more than 30 mass murders involving guns. the list is chilling. >> shame on the nra. >> reporter: today, as protesters gathered outside its offices in washington, the nra again declined to comment on the debate, but there were signs the sandy hook massacre has eroded some of the nra's influence on capitol hill. >> as your senator, i'll protect our
30 mass murders. the latest is chilling. >> shame on nra. >> reporter: as protesters gathered outside of washington, the nra declined to comment on the debate. but there were signs that they have. joe manchin, a life long nra member said he's rethinking his position. >> i don't know anybody that goes hunting with an assault rifle. i don't know anybody that needs those types of multiple clips as far as ammunition. >> reporter: and joe scarborough, now an nbc host also reversed himself on gun control. >> politicians can no longer be allowed to defend the statistic customer quo, they must instead be forced to defend our children. >> reporter: at least one texas republican defends the rights of owners. amid the talk of gun control, gun sales have picked up. in portland, just a week after a gunman killed two in an area mall. >> yesterday was the biggest day we've ever done in 20 years. today will probably eclipse that. >> reporter: gun control off of washington in a decade, suddenly front and center. tom costello, nbc "nightly news," washington. >>> as the bereaved residents try to get thr
break? what will it mean for your family? >>> guns in schools after the nra's defiant announcement. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> the question is, are armed guards the way to keep kids safe? at least one school district is already arming the teachers. >>> holiday rush. the mad dash at the mall just three days to go. plus planes, trains, and automobiles. millions of americans hit the road. where will there be a white christmas? in their honor. signs of the season from coast to coast paying tribute to some genuine american heroes. >>> good evening. those post christmas credit card bills may not be the only shock to the wallet come the new year. with just ten days left to act to avoid a plunge over the fiscal cliff, the president and congress have left washington for the holidays leaving the clock ticking down to an across-the-board tax increase for most americans. ten days is enough time to make a deal if republicans and democrats each decide to give some more ground. but tonight there are no such signs. that leaves millions of holiday
, to listen to this kind of >>> the ahead of the nra fires back at critics, explaining why he wants to address gun violence in school with more guns. >>> retailers prepare for the last holiday hurrah as time tux away for shopping procras procrastinato procrastinators. >>> plus, a u.s. senator arrested on dui charges. the world's most expensive dinner. and "the hobbit" holds on. "early today" starts right now. >>> this is "early today" for monday, december 24, 2012. >> and a very good morning to you on this christmas eve, i'm veronica de la cruz. >>> days after the national rifle association's first public comments since the newtown massacre, critics are taking aim at the controversial plan to put armed guards in schools. the head of the powerful group is sticking to its guns on the explosive issue. one congress won't be able to do anything about until sometime next month. brian mooar has details. >> reporter: in his first interview after the connecticut shooting tragedy, nra chief wayne lapierre was defiant. >> look, a gun is a tool. the problem is the criminal. >> reporter: the powerful gun l
at preventing more tragedies like this. >> reporter: hundreds today went to the nra office in washington demanding more gun control, and a staunch nra backer joined the call. west virginia democratic senator joe manchin, as avid hunter, backed bloomberg. >> i don't know of anybody those hunting with an assault rifle. >> gun enthusiast angela brandon is thinking about new options after the shock of newtown. >> honestly i wanted to cry because of the children, but at the same time sometimes we're not shun that more gun control than we actually have now is really the reason. >> reporter: ironically the rampage in connecticut has sparked record sales of weapons that buyers fear could soon be banned. i'm steve handlesman, nbc news, washington. >>> there are more police officers around schools in our area today in response to the shooting last friday. police in fairfax county are stepping up patrols from the beginning to the end of the school day. they say it's not in response to any threat, but to give parents peace of mind during a time when anxiety is high. pat? >>> parents and educators ac
debate, the head of the nra finally taking questions but is he backing off controversial remarks about schools. >>> why you should not be surprised if you come down with a headache in the next few days. >> tom kierein also back with when we could see the first raindrops today. >>> looking at the stories making headlines. the redskins outlasted the philadelphia eagles winning a thriller 27-20. if they beat the cowboys on sunday, the redskins take the division. >>> senator michael crapo apologizing for a drunk driving arrest. police in alexandria arrested the republican from idaho yesterday morning. >>> time is running ute for holiday shoppers. 130 million people have not finished their shopping this morning. and a whopping 26 million people haven't even started yet. that is so hard to believe. we're going to have much more on those stories throughout this monday morning. first off, good morning to you. i'm angie goff. >> i'm aaron gilchrist. welcome back to "news4 today" on this monday, december 24th. it's christmas eve in the nation's capital. a live look outside right now. 39 chilly d
days after the nra's comments on the deadly sandy hook shooting sparked controversy, the debate over gun control in this country is in high gear. yesterday a small but vocal group of people demonstrated outside a gun shop in falls church. the group called for a ban on assault style weapons and ammunition and more funding for mental health programs. the nra's push to put armed guards in schools across the country has people talking. >> i don't understand why they are here. they are exercising their first amendment rights and we're here exercising our second amendment rights. >> this doesn't define us as a society. how many people should carry guns? it's the character. the character. the caliber of our character rather than the caliber of our weapon. it's just not right. >> police were present at the protest although it remained a peaceful one. >>> seven minutes after 6:00. the remarks by mitt romney's son that are raising eyebrows weeks after the presidential election. >>> also ahead, why the end of an era for a popular landmark along the potomac river. >>> >>> it is finally here. chr
the nra's recent comments following the sandy hook elementary strategy. a lot to discuss with david gregory, moderator of "meet the press." the president and congress have left town for the holidays. any chance they might come back early, any sense of a deal in the works? >> i think there is a deal in the works. it is just a smaller deal. they will be back next thursday. i have been talking to folks on capitol hill and the white house. i think they are going for a smaller deal that could put off some of the effects of the fiscal cliff and get a tax cut extension for those making $250,000 or less. wealthier americans would pay for. you would avoid the fiscal cliff for now. you kick the can down the road. this is washington dysfunction at its height but it would forestal the cliff >>> i wonder if we are seeing a change to speaker boehner that got his hand slapped by some members of his party. is there long-term damage here? >> the white house is that they don't have a real partner to negotiate with. republicans are facing a reality that the public is supportive of raising taxes on wea
. >>> the head of the nra defends some controversial remarks about gun control made in the aftermath of the deadly shooting at sandy hook elementary. he sticks by his statement where he says the tragedy could have been prevented if every school has armed guards. >> it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our school to protect our children then call me crazy. i think the american people think it's crazy not to do it. it's the one thing that would keep people safe and the nra is going to try to do that. >> he sat down with "meet the press" david gregory yesterday and the first time he's taken questions. many called the comments out of touch. the shooting at sandy hook sparked a new debate on gun control after a man shot 20 children and six adults ten days ago. that debate was evident throughout the washington area over the weekend. a small but vocal group of gun control advocates showed up outside a gun shop in falls church calling for a ban on assault style weapons and ammunition and more funding for mental health programs. the nra's push to put armed guards in sch
-called fiscal cliff. >> we are going to talk to david gregory with the nra ceo today. >>> also ahead, the factor spoiling the fun and the joy this time of year for some people. stay with us. >>> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> and those words from the head of the national rifle association refuelled a heated debate over gun control in the country, and la pierre will speak exclusively with david gregory this morning. >> we're happy to have him back on "meet the press" and have lots of questions for him about what role if any the nra plans to play in the discussion, and a lot of people were shocked, and he talked about arming schools around the country, about one-third of the schools around the country already do that. that's a popular idea. that will cause debate. there's a big focus on gun control regulations and the extent to which the nra will be part of that is something we will learn this morning. >> and we are seeing more politicians calling for tighter gun restrictions. is this a courageous move considering all strong the gun lobby is? >> well, m
've seen protests outside the nra offices here in washington. the national rifle association so far largely silent on this, even online. their facebook page, their twitter feed, nothing since the shootings. but there are nra supporters not only gun control advocates on the hill but even long-time nra supporters who are rethinking assault weapons. >> we need to accept the reality that we're not doing enough to protect our citizens. >> i don't know of anybody that goes hunting with an a saumt rifle. i don't know anybody that needs those types of multiple clips as far as ammunition. >> now, the washington post has a new poll out done over the weekend after the shootings. they found that the majority of americans, 54%, say they favor tougher laws. but even more than that, seven out of ten don't want to see a ban on handguns. eun in. >>> tracie potts live on capitol hill this morning. tracie, thank you. >>> this morning, this could be a crucial day in the effort to avoid the fiscal cliff. house speaker john boehner will update his fellow republicans on ongoing negotiations with president obama.
. >> david, one thing that came out of your interview they've thought was interesting that the nra i didn't think would ever be on, he was calling for forcing states to participate more. if you're the obama administration and you're looking for the nra's help on something, well, forcing states to participate more on the background checks, all of these things that aren't happening, if the nra is going to do that and force these conservative republicans governors to sign legislation that did that, that would be a step. >> andrea, i want to talk about the second term cabinet. chuck hagel did not get a ringing endorsement from senator schumer or -- >> what senator schumer said was really very revealing. if a democratic senator is not going to come to chuck hagel's defense, i think there is serious problems there. >> he did not come to his defense. this is going to be the second consecutive nomination where the president doesn't get his first choice. >> this white house cannot continue to float trial balloons and then not have them shot down. the president can't get what perceived to be rolled
guns and called for armed security officers in every school in america. and david gregory says the nra is used to facing criticism and in the past emerged unscathed. >> we have seen this kind of popular outrage, if you will, after these massacres and then nothing actually comes of it. the political decision will be the president's in terms of how hard he wants to drive this. >> wayne lapierre will sit down with david gregory. you can catch it here on nbc 4. >>> and president obama and the first lady will join others in saying good-bye to the senator. he fought in world war ii and was awarded the medal. he became the first japanese to become elected to the senate, and he was 88 years old. it will be a short holiday trip for the president, and he will return to washington after christmas to deal with the dooming fiscal cliff. president obama said the break is good for lawmakers to think about a possible solution and he suggested a smaller deal that would just extend unemployment benefits and prevent middle class tax hikes. if no deal is reached by january 1st, everybody's taxes go up and
will be putting off. but -- >> the nra says it's not going to work. it didn't work before, it's not going to work now. >> my response is, something has to work. and you know, it is not enough for us to say -- this is too hard, so we're not going to try. so what i intend to do is i will call all the stakeholders together. i will meet with republicans, i will meet with democrats. i will talk to anybody. i think there are a vast majority of responsible gun owners out there who recognize that we can't have a situation in which somebody with severe psychological problems is able to get the kind of high-capacity weapons that this individual in newtown obtained. and gunned down our kids. and yes, it's going to be hard. >> should we have an armed guard at every school in the country? that's what the nra believes. they told me last week, that could work. >> i'm not going to prejudge the recommendations that are given to me. i am skeptical that the only answer is putting more guns in schools. and i think the vast majority of the american people are skeptical that that somehow is going to solve our problem.
, the social advocacy group, is prepared to protest outside. the group interrupted the nra news conference last week if you you remember this. they want stricter regulations when it comes to buying guns. >> the rules on gun shows are very loose. the feeling is, this is not a sane way to protect you and me and our kids. >> despite the protests, gun stores have seen a huge increase in sales because many fear stricter regulations in light of the newtown school shooting. >> we're just getting started on news4 today. it's happened again. police begin a second search for the person who pushed someone off a new york city subway platform. >>> the 12 and 13-year-olds facing charges in a brazen crime in northern virginia. >>> more winter weather rolling in for the weekend. the >>> all right. grab the skis, the snowboard, it's time to hit the slopes again. the winter storm and cold temperatures helping ski resorts to open this weekend. white tail resort in pennsylvania opens for the season this morning. for now, they'll have four slopes operating, two other nearby resort, round top and liberty, open tomor
. >>> still ahead a call for stricter gun control in the wake of the tragedy in newtow >>> the nra argued this week that more guns in schools in the hands of trained professionals could protect america's children. you can see an exclusive interview with the wayne la pierre tomorrow morning on "meet the press" at 10:30 right here on nbc 4. >>> well, what's your excuse? ahead tonight some of the surprising things people will tell their bosses to get the day off from work. >>> plus no more wind. it's now just >>> if you've ever told a little white lie to your boss to get some time off, apparently you're not alone. a new survey of 500 full-time workers found nearly half of them have called out sick when they were really just playing hooky. 27% say they have used jury duty as an excuse. about the same amount said they have lied about a death in the family to rack up some extra vacation days. even if you fool the boss, you're not fooling your colleagues. when someone calls out sick, 72% of their co-workers think they're faking it. oops. now, you call out sick -- >> all the time. >> and it's ver
to demonstrate outside the dulles expo center. do you remember this? this was at that nra announcement. the group interrupted that conference last week and say they want stricter regulations when it comes to buying guns. >> rules on gun shows are very loose. and feeling is that this is not a sane way to protect you and me and our kids. >> despite the protests, gun stores say they've actually seen a huge increase in sales because many fear stricter regulations in light of the newtown school shooting. >> 6:05 is our time now. we're a little more than 48 hours away if one of the biggest redskins games in five years. the skins face off against the cowboys sunday night with a division title and spot in the playoffs on the line. looks like the team will be largely healthy for the game. offensive lineman tyler -- he sat out with a concussion last week. rg3's knee is holding up well right now. they're riding a six-game winning streak heading into the matchup. >>> metro will be open late to get everybody home from the game on sunday. trains will run for an extra hour. the last train running from franconia
they ♪ >>> coming up on "news4 at 5:00," >>> the nra has just made its first statement since the tragedy at sandy hook. it says, quote the national rifle association of america is made up of 4 million moms and dads, sons and daughters and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in newtown. out respect for the families and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting. the nra is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again, end quote. the organization had been noticeab noticeably quiet including on social media after news of the shooting broke friday. >>> here is warning. the next time you fill up at the pump. police say thieves are using new technology to steal credit card information when you pay through for your gas. authorities say they are putting blue tooth enabled card skim others the pumps. they install them by using standard keys that open up a majority of gas pumps across the country. from there, they use blue tooth
of the nra, like myself, believe in guns, responsibility, and accountability. and we try to teach that and we try to tell anybody who asks about it, that's the way we feel. >> reporter: they tell me here that the sale of the firearms are up dramatically this week. >> a lot of people are concerned about recent events, what may take place if the say salt ban comes back. people are definitely buying things that they wanted to buy in the past. they are doing it a little faster probably. >> reporter: appearing on wtop radio, bob mcdonnell answer ad question saying it is time to discuss allowing school officials to carry firearms on campus. if people were armed, not just a police officer, but other school officials that were trained and chose to have a weapon, certainly there would be an opportunity to stop an individual trying to get into the school. responding to the governor, virginia congressman jerry conolly tweeted bob mcdon alleges suggestion that armed teachers could have stopped newtown tragedy is outrageous. guns don't belong if schools. >> i don't have any policy or recommendation that i
in connecticut as that tragedy renews cries for more gun control. the nra says, quote, it is made up of 4 million moms and dads, sons and daughters and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in newtown. the nra went on to say it would wait for a full investigation before commenting. meantime, in our area -- >> a new proposal to ban the sale of assault weapons. will gun restrictions prevent mass shooting tragedies? this is chris gordon in chantilly. villa report ahead. >>> acts of kindness continue to emerge after the tragedy at sandy hook elementary. nbc's ann curry and others on social media sites are helping to spread the word with the hash tag 26 acts. we will share some of those spontaneous tributes on twitter and on the nbc washington facebook page in our next half hour. >>> we have breaking news at this hour out of montgomery county where police are on the scene of a shooting in aspen hill. it happened just before 4:30 at an apartment complex along connecticut avenue near grand prix road. police tell us the man was shot in the eye. he was
of course the school shootings in newtown, connecticut and the nra's call to station armed officers at public schools. >>> and the first step toward a potential lawsuit in connecticut after the shootings at sandy hook elementary. paperwork has been filed for a $100 million claim on behalf of one of the children who lived through the tragedy. a lawyer for the 6-year-old survivor claims she sustained emotional and physical trauma as a result of hearing the assault over the school intercom. it faults the board of education among others for failing to protect the children from, quote, foreseeable harm. >>> in orlando last night a show of solidarity with the newtown victims at the russell athletic bowl. in their game with rutgers virginia tech's players wore a large ribbon on their helmets that read, "58 prevail." it was a reference to the total number of victims from both the newtown, connecticut shootings and the virginia tech shootings. >>> an update tonight on former president george h.w. bush who has been hospitalized in houston since the day after thanksgiving. a statement from his
are so many people buying? >> one thing. fear. fear. >> this is the logic of the leaders of the nra to add more guns around our schools. >> reporter: there was an anti-gun protest outside the show, still hundreds of people lined up to get in even before the doors opened. this is the line just to buy ammunition. some folks tell me the prices for ammo have gone up in recent weeks. so they're stocking up. vendors say the crowds are driven by calls for a ban on assault weapons and ammunition following the shooting of children and adults in newtown. gary sattern bought a rifle at the show. >> there's a lot that can be done to control who purchases firearms as opposed to limiting what firearms are available. >> reporter: dale houseman and his daughter, alexandra, came to the show from rich nond. >> they're not evil things. they have to be in the hands of an evil person to be used for evil purposes. >> reporter: darcy spencer, news 4. >>> there was a vigil in prince georges county today calling for more regulation on guns. a group of ministers and families held a demonstration in front of
amendment rights. >> reporter: in an interview on "meet the press" the head of the nra reiterated his calls forearmed guards in schools across the nation. >> fit's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our school to protect our children, then call me crazy. >> reporter: one of the falls church protesters is a resent high school graduate. she disagrees with having armed personnel in schools. >> i would not have felt safer. i think i would have felt more in harm's way. i don't agree with guns in general. >> reporter: pratt put some of the blame on adam lanza's mother. >> i think if the mother would have survived, she would have been held accountable for allowing those firearms to be accessed by somebody that was mentally instable. >> reporter: the owner of the shop says this was the first time there was ever a demonstration outside of his business. in falls church, darcy spencer, news4. >>> the second victim of a shooting in northeast washington has now died. police say 69-year-old nethannial beasley jr. died. the shooting also killed 44-year-old raymond harris. police are of
group that interrupted the nra's news conference last week and say they want stricter regulations when it comes to buying guns into the rules on gun shows are very loose and. >> the rules on gun shows are very loose and the feeling is that this is not the way to protect you and me and our kids. >> reporter: despite the protests, gun stores say they've seen a huge increase in sales because many fear stricter regulations may make it harder to get a gun in the future. >>> and now, an malfunctioning furnace is blamed for a fire at a prince george's apartment complex and now we're hearing the 911 calls for help as people watched the fire race through the building. >> caller: i'm down the street and there's smoke everywhere. >> do you know what the floor it is on? >> caller: it looks like it's on the first floor but it's to the third floor now. >> you can see a window open fire? >> it's going up to the next one and now it's burning the roof. >> window on fire! first floor. now it's going all the way up to the roof. >> it's like on the roof now. >> the fire caused around $250,000 worth of dam
pink is preparing to demonstrate outside the dulles expo center today. the group interrupted the nra news conference last week and say they want stricter regulations when it comes to buying guns. members say they don't like how guns have become more and more acceptable in public places. >> when you're in union station and you come down the escalator and there's a few police with guns slung over and -- i hate that. >> despite the protests, gun stores have actually seen a huge increase in sales because many fear stricter regulations in light of the newtown school shooting. >>> scientists plan to get a better look into the mind of the sandy hook shooter. researchers at the university of connecticut will study the dna of 20-year-old adam lanza. some say the findings could help pinpoint mutations that are associated with aggressive and violent behavior. it could draw false conclusions on the genetic causes of mental illness. he's accused of killing 27 people earlier this month before turning the gun on him search and police have not revealed a motive yet. >>> coming up on 19 after the hou
last week's nra news conference. but the tactics for the gun show demonstration will be different, focused more on dialogue. either way, there will be a huge audience. >> these shows have been jammed. we're expecting that one to be just maybe set records. the gun shows have been getting cleaned out of ammunition and guns. >> the connecticut school shooting and talk of stricter gun control is partly why the show will be packed. the suggestion by some gun lobbyists to increase the number of armed guards in public schools is drawing the opposition. >> we don't want to every time we turn around have -- like when you're in union station and come down the escalator and there's a few police there with guns slung over and the -- i hate that. >> but gun advocates say the protests planned won't accomplish much. >> i don't know what they're protesting other than just to protest. they might need to -- maybe they should be protesting somewhere else and talking about mental health. >> the nation's gun show runs through tomorrow. protesters say they plan to be there until the end, weather permit
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to expire in 2004. this morning, there is a growing chorus of voices, including some nra members calling for a new assault weapons ban to prevent any more tragedies. just four days since the massacre at sandy hook, signs of movement in the decades-long gun control debate. it began with president obama. >> are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom? >> reporter: by monday morning, joe scarborough, now an msnbc host, came out forcefully against assault weapons. >> it is time for congress to put children before deadly dogmas. it's time for politicians to start focusing more on protecting our schoolyards. than putting together their next fundraiser. >> reporter: then, one of the biggest pro-gun senators. >> as your senator, i'll protect your second amendment rights. >> reporter: joe manchin of west virginia announced he too is changing his mind. >> i don't know of anybody, those hunting with an assault rifle, i don't know anybody that needs those types of multiple clips as far as ammunition. >> reporter: ma
of the nra, to add more guns around our schools. >> reporter: there was an anti-gun protest outside the show. still, hundreds of people lined up to get in, even before the doors opened. this is the line just to buy ammunition. some folks tell me the prices for ammo have gone up in recent weeks, so they're stocking up. vendors say the crowds are driven by calls for a ban on assault weapons and ammunition following the shooting of children and adults in newtown. this man bought a rifle at the show. >> there's a lot that can be done to control who purchases firearms as opposed to limiting what firearms are available. >> reporter: dale and his daughter alexander came to the show from richmond. >> they're not evil things. they have to be in the hands of an evil person to be used for evil purposes. >> reporter: darcy spencer, news 4. >> the nation's gun show runs through tomorrow, and there will be another event in february. protesters say they plan to be there until the end, weather permitting. >>> billions of dollars in emergency aid could soon be on the way to victims of hurricane sandy. the se
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